Posts Tagged by etymology
|February 4, 2018||By Roger D. Woodard listed under Guest Post|
2018.02.04 | By Roger D. Woodard
Opinions have varied and swayed regarding the interpretation of the Linear B term po-re-na. Whatever meaning is assigned, many would draw the forms po-re-si and po-re-no- into their interpretation of po-re-na, and vice versa. In this investigation I begin with the interpretation of po-re-na that appears most probable and reconsider po-re-si and po-re-no- on the basis of both internal and comparative evidence.
|November 17, 2017||By Charles de Lamberterie listed under Guest Post|
2017.11.17 | By Charles de Lamberterie
Presented here is a preliminary draft of an English-language version of this essay by Charles de Lamberterie, translated by Ioanna Papadopoulou.
|January 12, 2017||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy|
2017.01.12 | By Gregory Nagy
One of Agamemnon’s daughters has two alternating names in Greek myths, Iphigeneia and Iphianassa. Both names, it is argued here, have something basic to say about the very idea of kingship.
|June 10, 2016||By Olga Levaniouk listed under Guest Post|
In his posting of 2016.01.15, Gregory Nagy previewed A concise inventory of Greek etymologies, to be edited by me and to be published by the Center for Hellenic Studies (chs.harvard.edu) in the online journal named Classics@, Issue 18. This first preview was followed by another one, by myself, in a posting of 2016.01.31. Both previews included a sample of entries that will feature in A concise inventory of Greek etymologies (CIGE) and that were produced by the participants in a micro-seminar “Greek Etymology as Cultural History in the Work of Gregory Nagy” that I taught at the University of Washington in Seattle in the fall of 2015. This posting of 2016.06.10 represents the final installment of etymologies compiled by the seminar students. All future additions to the CIGE will be added directly to Classics@, Issue 18.
|June 2, 2016||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy|
When I say etymology here, I mean the procedure of reconstructing a form by way of linguistics. This procedure is expected to start from a current phase of the given form and then to move back in time to an earlier phase—ideally, all the way back to the earliest phase. In terms of the etymology of the word etymology, what linguists hope to recover by way of such reconstruction is the ‘genuine meaning’, which is how I translate the ancient Greek words étumos and lógos—and which is what I mean when I say essence in the title here. In what follows, I face the question of “etymology and essence.” And, at the end, I offer comments relevant to various different etymologies proposed for the name of Helen, who as I mentioned in my posting for 2016.05.02 seems to be a heroine in the Homeric Iliad even though she is worshipped as a goddess in places like Sparta. My concluding question, then, will be this: what is the etymology or étumos lógos ‘genuine meaning’ of the name of Helen, Greek Helénē (῾Ελένη)?
|May 5, 2016||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy|
A theological view of Zeus as god of the sky is evident from the Indo-European etymology of his divine name. The Greek form Zeús is derived from an Indo-European noun that linguists reconstruct as *dyeu-, which meant ‘sky’ in general and ‘bright sky’ in particular. As I will argue in this essay, such a theological view of Zeus is recognized and understood by Longinus in his essay On the Sublime.